After training with designers Ashley Whittaker and J.D. Bell in New York, Allison Allen knows how to spot a diamond in the rough. When her husband, Beau, inherited his grandparents’ Atlanta home, it was in such a state of disrepair that the family thought it was a teardown. Allison orchestrated a whirlwind transformation that took just two months – including a kitchen renovation! – updating the 67-year-old home without knocking down a single wall. She began with a classic blue and white palette, incorporating Chinoiserie accents as a nod to Beau’s grandmother Louise’s love of Asian antiques. The result is a treasured family heirloom, full of memories and charm. Photography by Hector Manuel Sanchez; styling by Elly Poston Cooper, and text by Elizabeth Passarella for Southern Living.